Our People


Helen Swaffield

Helen Swaffield is a practising Barrister with over 25 years experience in Commercial and Public Law including commercial contracts and regulation, EU Law, international outsourcing and procurement, competition, franchising, supply and distribution and IPR. Helen appears in the High Court, Commercial Court and Technology and Construction Court as well as commercial arbitrations and adjudications. Helen has a French Law accreditation and has a diploma in EU Law from the University of Strasbourg. Having worked at both the EU Commission and the EU Court, She speaks French and reads Spanish.

Helen has drafted commercial, public and health sector contracts and has developed precedents and templates for industry use. She is regularly consulted to mitigate business risks and resolve claims and other disputes before litigation. Publications: Helen is the editor of and contributor to the Commercial Litigation Journal and the Procurement and Outsourcing Journal.

Recent court appearances include: application for a search and seisure order, a High Court dispute over rights to a football club, a government based outsourcing and procurement dispute and a professional negligence group litigation.

Helen has been instructed as an expert witness in a commercial contract dispute.

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Martin Langston

Martin is a specialist Chancery & Commercial practitioner with experience in complex and high value claims. Martin is a door tenant at CLC but has St Ives as a main practice address.

He has developed a busy and varied litigation practice routinely appearing at the Business & Property Courts throughout England and Wales.

Martin acts for individuals, businesses, lenders, insurers and local authorities at interlocutory applications, injunctions, trials, appeal and ADR.

Areas of expertise:

  • Property litigation
  • Contractual and commercial litigation
  • Partnership and business disputes
  • Technology and Construction
  • Company law and insolvency

Martin enjoyed a diverse career prior to the Bar including working as an expert software engineer and managing director of several companies including a housing management firm. He is often instructed in cases pre-issue and always looks to provide a cost-effective, pragmatic solution for the client.